Revealed: Three Tottenham matches to be called off as fixture crisis worsens
Three Tottenham matches in total are expected to be called off in the wake of the Covid outbreak at the club, Football Insider understands.
Uefa has confirmed that the club’s Europa Conference League tie at home against Rennes tonight (9 December) has been postponed and that discussions over a new date are ongoing.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider the club are also in talks about calling off Sunday’s Premier League clash against Brighton.
That appears almost certain in light of Spurs’ decision to close the first-team area of their Hotspur Way training ground last night.
Discussions are being held with the Premier League about rescheduling Sunday’s fixture at the Amex Stadium against Brighton.
Next Thursday’s Premier League clash against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium is also in major doubt.
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The likelihood now, the source explained, is that fixture will become the third Spurs match to be called off as a result of the Covid outbreak.
Players and staff affected must self-isolate for 10 days, a period that runs until the middle of next week.
It has caused huge disruption to Antonio Conte’s preparations and the manager delivered a heartfelt message yesterday (8 December) that the players and staff are “scared” of the effect it could have on their families.
He was forced to train with a skeleton squad yesterday before the club announced at 9pm last night that they had closed the first-team area of their training ground on advice from the government and Health Security Agency.
Eight first-team players and five members of the coaching staff had tested positive for Covid up until yesterday.
Tottenham outfield players who did not take part in the session included Son Heung-Min, Lucas Moura, Ben Davies, Bryan Gil and Emerson Royal as well as the injured Cristian Romero.
Tottenham now face a monumental fixture headache to cram in the postponed fixtures.
They are at loggerheads with Rennes, who released a statement last night accusing Spurs of a “lack of fair play” and “unilaterally” cancelling the fixture.